AL-MUGHITH (المغيث) The One Sought For Help
This name is mentioned occasionally from the various lists of the 99 names of Allah from few sources, but no proof from the holy Quran and others only mentioned that it is from the Sunnah, without further elaboration. ISTIGHATHA is the act of seeking help from Allah. Synonymous to the name AL-MUSTA’AN (or AL-MUSTI’AN), AL-MUGHITH is the One who relieves us from hardship, depression, distress, sadness, anxiety. The universe and all of its inhabitants, whether living or non-living, takes refuge in Him and asks for help only from Him. Allah says: “And those you call upon besides Him are unable to help you, nor can they help themselves.” [Al-‘Araf 7:197]
- [Remember] when you asked help of your Lord, and He answered you, “Indeed, I will reinforce you with a thousand from the angels, following one another.” [Al-Anfal 8:9]
- But one who says to his parents UFF to you; do you promise me that I will be brought forth [from the earth] when generations before me have already passed on [into oblivion]?” while they call to Allah for help [and to their son], “Woe to you! Believe! Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth.” But he says, “This is not but legends of the former people.” [Al-Ahqaf 46:17]
- Ubadah Ibnus-Samit (radiyallahu anhu) narrated: “During the days of the Prophet there was a hypocrite [i.e. Abdullah Ibn Ubayy Ibn Salul] who used to harm the believers, some of them (the believers) said, “Come (support) with us while we appeal to Allah’s Messenger for assistance against this hypocrite.” The Prophet replied, “Verily, no one should seek to me for assistance. Indeed, it is Allah Who is to be sought for assistance and help.” [Tabarani]. The Prophet (ﷺ) helped them but he denounced the term they used as it implies lack of respect toward Allah. He wanted to teach them to block all possible avenues leading to polytheism and keep their belief intact.
- Anas bin Malik (radiyallahu anhu) said that the Prophet (ﷺ) said to Fatimah (his daughter): “What keeps you from hearing my will or that remind you every morning and evening, which say: ‘YA HAYYU YA QAYYUM BI RAHMATIKA ASTAGHITH, WA AS-LIH-LI SHA’NI KULLAHU ILA WA LA TAKILNI NAFSI TARFATA ‘AYNIN ABADAN (يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّوْمُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيْثُ، وَأَصْلِحْ لِيْ شَأْنِيْ كُلَّهُ وَلاَ تَكِلْنِيْ إِلَى نَفْسِيْ طَرْفَةَ عَيْنٍ أَبَدًا) – O, Ever Living, O Self-Sustaining! By Your grace, I ask for help, fix all my affairs and do not leave me even a blink of an eye without getting help from you forever.'” [Ibn As-Sunni in Amal Al-Yawm Wa Al-Laylah #46, An-Nasa’i in Al-Kubra 381: 570, Al-Bazzar in his Musnad 4/25/3107, Al-Hakim 1: 545. This is Hadith Hasan as stated by Shaykh Al-Albani in Silsilah Al-Ahadith As-Shahihah #227]
- Anas bin Malik (radiyallahu anhu) said that whenever the Prophet (ﷺ) has any worry or concern, he used to recite the following supplication: “YA HAYYU YA QAYYUM BIRAHMATIKA ASTAGHITH (يَا حَىُّ يَا قَيُّومُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ أَسْتَغِيثُ) – O Ever Living, O Self-Sustaining! By Your grace, I ask for help.” [Tirmidhi #3524, Al-Hafiz Abu Tahir said that this is Hadith Hasan]